Murphy joins Bengals after spending 2011 regular season on Colts practice squad ... Durable lineman in college at Nevada-Las Vegas, where he played in every game of his college career, including making 33 consecutive starts at left tackle.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Atlanta as a college free agent on 7-27-11 ... Waived on 9-1-11 ... Signed with Indianapolis to practice squad on 9-28-11 ... Signed to Colts offseason roster on 1-4-12 ... Waived on 5-18-12 ... Acquired by Bengals on waivers on 5-21-12.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Played in first three preseason games for Atlanta, before being waived ... Spent Games 4-16 on Colts practice squad.
COLLEGE: Four-year letterman (2007-10) at UNLV ... Earned Freshman All-America honors in 2007 ... Honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference as a senior ... Won school’s Outstanding Character Award following his junior season.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Lake Forest, Calif. ... Attended El Toro High School, where he lettered three times and was a team captain as a senior ... Played both offensive tackle and nose tackle ... Also lettered in high school in wrestling and track and field (discus and shot put) ... Three-time Academic All-MWC team, and earned spot on Dean’s Honor list in spring 2009.NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Murphy did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2011 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games that year.
With game-breaking Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert scheduled for an ankle surgery Wednesday that puts his availability for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener in murky waters, quarterback Andy Dalton is looking at the biggest challenge of his career as they scramble to replace three of their top five receivers from last year. He likes the look of their 2015 Rookie of the Year Tyler Kroft.
You know the professional hitter who can roll out of a snowbank in January and hit .300 with five dingers in spring training? Meet the NFL equivalent in A.J. Green and Andy Dalton, who lit up Tuesday's first day of spring practice. And with news Tyler Eifert is out three months, they'll have to carry this offense even more.